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Saturday, February 1
 

10:00am CST

STEM with the Wind Turbine
Explore how electrical energy is generated and how energy is transformed from one form to another by building a working wind turbine. Use the engineering cycle to build, test and revise our model so that it generates as much electrical energy as possible. Free STEM resources and an equipment raffle.


Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
204

10:00am CST

Cuttin' Up with Earth Science for K-2
Need some new ideas for hands-on activities and literature connections that target K-2 Earth science TEKS? Come explore ways to develop concepts and build academic vocabulary. As always . . . door prizes and lots of cuttin' up

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
420

10:00am CST

Electromagnetic Mania
Via inquiry, discover how electromagnets work and what can be done to enhance their effectiveness. Also discover applications of electromagnetic knowledge. All investigations are hands and we will manipulate a virtual electromagnet. In addition to process skills being covered, TEKS 4.6B and 4.6C will be investigated. This session is designed for grades 4 and 5.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
410

10:00am CST

Integrated STEM for Young Children
Join us to explore Ron’s Ramp - a hands-on, integrated STEM experience for young children, Pre K and K. Learn to harness the natural inclination of young children to be scientists and engineers while teaching about force, slope, friction, and graphing in an engineering design challenge. Help Ron, the skateboarding armadillo, learn about how far he will travel when rolling down the ramp at the park. Use graphs to record data and explore the math and science in this STEM adventure for young children.

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SM

Sara Moore

Director of Mathematics & Science, ETA hand2mind

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
409

10:00am CST

Investigate Earthquakes
Join National Geographic for hands-on inquiry instruction and see how you can help all students unlock the big ideas of science, immerse students in nature of science and inquiry and build scientific and content literacy. Participants will leave with stunning National Geographic materials.


Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
416

10:00am CST

Boost science, reading, and writing STAAR performance with one program!
In order for students to be successful on STAAR™, instruction must go beyond the simple recall of science facts and vocabulary. Students must be able to demonstrate their understanding of science content through the application of Scientific Investigation and Reasoning Skills. As a result, instruction must teach content and process TEKS in tandem. The integration of science process and content TEKS as well as ELAR TEKS is a hallmark of the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® program. This session is a hands-on workshop that will engage participants in Seeds/Roots’ unique integrated instructional model. Free resources provided.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
404

10:00am CST

STEM - Early Childhood Style!
Explore techniques that provide kindergarten students with quality TEKS Instruction. Utilize integrative STEM instruction that incorporates ELA Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening strategies through inquiry-based instruction. Explore how to prepare your youngest students for future 21st Century Workforce careers and ensure effective achievement. Leave with tools to accelerate your STEM journey.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
402

10:00am CST

21st Century Skills in the Science Classroom STEM
Our world has changed. Globalization and the digital revolution have redefined the skill set that is essential for student success in the classroom and beyond. ScienceFusion provides deep science content and STEM lessons, activities, and Video-Based projects that incorporate and develop 21st Century Skills.

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avatar for Christine Ely | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Christine Ely | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a global learning company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes.

Sponsors

Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
407

10:00am CST

Stand Back!! We’re Using Discovery Education’s Science Techbook
Unless you want to ENGAGE students as they EXPLORE science through digital media in conjunction with hands-on resources don’t bother attending this session. We'll EXPLAIN how digital media can change the way you teach science, ELABORATE on how digital media can be utilized to meet the needs of every student, and EVALUATE student progress through science concepts.

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avatar for Brad Fountain

Brad Fountain

Director of Instructional Implementation, Discovery Education
Brad is a passionate educator with over 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3-5 multi-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet based web resources. He served as administrator of the North Carolina... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
617

10:00am CST

Building Conceptual Understanding of Complex and Abstract Concepts in Biology
Many concepts in biology are complex and very abstract involving processes that occur at the cellular and molecular levels. Using Edusmart Science Texas Biology, a TEKS-based online multimedia resource, computer simulated models and targeted hands on activities, we will explore how to build conceptual understanding of complex and very abstract concepts in biology whether used for primary instruction, End of Course Exam preparation, remediation or as part of a credit recovery program. The strategies and activities presented can be used with any resource.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
400

10:00am CST

Chemistry - One in a Million
How do we teach topics such as electron configurations—that were graduate school material a generation ago—so that high school students can learn and understand them? Walk away with some effective ways to teach the structure of the atom. Using a user-friendly spectrophotometer, explore how light interacts with dyes. Then use unique spectrum cards to show how atoms, color, and spectra are related, making a conceptual bridge between a core chemical technology—making dyes—and the fundamental structure of the atom.

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ZS

Zach Smith

LAB-AIDS offers full year curriculum for middle school science, biology and chemistry. We also specialize in easy to teach, hands-on supplemental labs that come complete with materials, student sheets and lesson plans.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
413

10:00am CST

Engaging Students with TI-Nspire Technology & Vernier Probes
Whether a new or experienced teacher, you can learn how to use and integrate TI-Nspire technology in your teaching through hands-on science labs. Learn how to effectively use the latest graphing technology so that students will have a better understanding of the data they collect. After a quick introduction to the TI-Nspire calculators, you will have the opportunity to review classroom-ready labs. Online resources will be available as well as ideas on how to implement them in a variety of classrooms.

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avatar for Donald Tunstall

Donald Tunstall

Technology Adoption Consultant, Texas Instruments
• Recommending the appropriate Texas Instruments products for the classroom. • Assist customers to ensure a successful classroom implementation of TI Products, TI Math Forward and Free Resources. • Recommending the most cost effective way to implement TI technology into instruction... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
802

10:00am CST

STEMscopes: A Sneak Peek of Our Enhanced Science Curriculum
Join us for a preview of Rice University's STEMscopes 2.0, a 100% TEKS-aligned online curriculum with an easy to use interface, and 20+ new features for classroom instruction. Samples of the new print items including the TEKS Activity Book STEMscopedia, our Literacy Book, and the EXPLORE Journal Guide will be available to look at, along with the analytics and student management system. From an integrated app creator to engaging multimedia, you and your students will find STEMscopes 2.0 to be your primary choice for science instruction.


Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
408

11:15am CST

STEMscopes: A Sneak Peek of Our Enhanced K-5 Science Curriculum
Join us for a K-5 preview of Rice University's STEMscopes 2.0, a 100% TEKS-aligned online curriculum with an easy to use interface, and 20+ new features for classroom instruction. Samples of the new print items including the TEKS Activity Book STEMscopedia, our Literacy Book, and the EXPLORE Journal Guide will be available to look at, along with the analytics and student management system. From an integrated app creator to engaging multimedia, you and your students will find STEMscopes 2.0 to be your primary choice for science instruction.


Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
408

11:15am CST

Ecoregions of Texas & Watersheds
What are the impacts of catastrophic events on an ecosystem? Using data analysis and models, participants will examine how ecoregions of Texas are similar and different and what determines the boundaries of a watershed.
a generation ago—so that high school students can learn and understand them? Walk away with some concrete ways to teach the structure of the atom. Using a user-friendly spectrophotometer, explore how light interacts with dyes. Then use unique spectrum cards to show how atoms, color, and spectra are related, making a conceptual bridge between a core chemical technology—making dyes—and the fundamental structure of the atom.

Speakers
ZS

Zach Smith

LAB-AIDS offers full year curriculum for middle school science, biology and chemistry. We also specialize in easy to teach, hands-on supplemental labs that come complete with materials, student sheets and lesson plans.

Sponsors

Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
413

11:15am CST

Exploring Air
Students explore properties of a common gas mixture – air. They experience air as matter and discover that it takes up space and can be compressed and that compressed air can move objects around. They construct and compare parachutes and balloon rockets that use air while answering the following questions:
What can air do? How does a parachute use air? What happens when air is pushed into a smaller space? How can water be used to show that air takes up space? How can compressed air be used to make a balloon rocket?
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.2A, 2.2B, 2.2C, 2.2D, 2.2E, 2.2F, 2.3A, 2.3B, 2.3C, 2.4A, 2.4B, 2.5A, 2.8A

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
211

11:15am CST

Integrated STEM for Primary Students
Join us to explore Helicopter Hang Time - a hands-on integrated STEM experience for first and second grade students. Children develop skills in engineering design, data analysis, and arrays while building confidence and competence in math and science process skills. How can you make a helicopter land more slowly? Test a helicopter blade and then design one which will land more slowly. Explore the math and science embedded in this challenge as you conduct fair tests of your design to determine which meets the criteria and constraints of this exploration.

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SM

Sara Moore

Director of Mathematics & Science, ETA hand2mind

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
409

11:15am CST

Mysterious Properties of Water
What happens to water when it gains heat? What happens to water when it loses heat? How can the formation of ice break big rocks into small rocks? Why do lakes turn over in the spring and fall? Why does ice float? These are some of the questions that will be investigated using hands on activities. In addition to process skills being covered, TEKS 4.5A, 4.5B, 4.5C, and 4.8B will be investigated. This session is designed for grades 4 and 5.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
410

11:15am CST

Captivating Digital Native's Imaginations with STEM visual Literacy
Reflect on the makeup of the TEKS. Apply this knowledge and understanding to effectively integrate visual literacy to engage students of the digital age! Learn how to incorporate engaging online resources into your inquiry-based classroom instructional strategies.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
402

11:15am CST

Cuttin' Up with Space Science for 3-HS
Need some new ideas for teaching moon phases, seasons, stars, and more? Come explore ways manipulatives can make learning about objects in space more engaging and memorable! As always . . . door prizes and lots of cuttin' up!

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant

Sponsors

Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
420

11:15am CST

Teaching Science with the Tip of Your Finger: Using Discovery Education and the iPad
Love Discovery Education? Love your iPad? Would you like to learn how to use them together? Bring your iPad and an open mind as we explore a variety of apps including new ones from Discovery Education that transform the iPad from a content consumption device into a content creation device. You will leave with a wealth of new ideas for using both your iPad and Discovery Education.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Fountain

Brad Fountain

Director of Instructional Implementation, Discovery Education
Brad is a passionate educator with over 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3-5 multi-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet based web resources. He served as administrator of the North Carolina... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
617

11:15am CST

Tweeting Your Way to Professional Development
With the expansion of technology as an instructional tool, professional development in the digital age can look very different, and should. Explore the many sources to build your own professional development through social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and many others.


Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
613

11:15am CST

Classic Science for the Modern Student
Would you like to wow your digital natives by incorporating technology into your science instruction that can be accessed with any device, anytime and anywhere? Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Sciences offer the latest technology and multimedia resources that speak directly to your students in a visual language they understand-ensuring that they will stay engaged and be successful.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Ely | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Christine Ely | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a global learning company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes.

Sponsors

Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
407

11:15am CST

Crazy chromosomes
Participants will use a model to investigate the relationship between DNA, gene, and chromosomes. This exciting new activity ties the concept of inheritance of traits to the processes of meiosis, gamete formation and fertilization. Participants will build a set of chromosomes, model gamete formation and fertilization and then build the resulting offspring.
Equipment raffle and free resources provided.


Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
204

11:15am CST

Teaching Academic Vocabulary for Comprehension and Retention
Teaching science academic vocabulary so students comprehend and retain it is challenging. Research indicates the more students interact with key terms in a variety of different ways the greater their depth of conceptual understanding. In this workshop, we will integrate Dr. Marzano’s Six Step Process for teaching academic vocabulary with multimedia and hands on activities that provide students with multiple opportunities to interact with and apply key terms in a variety of different ways for increased comprehension and retention.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
400

1:30pm CST

CANCELLED - Give Young Learners a Solid Foundation in Science
Young students explore solid objects and learn to describe their properties while developing vocabulary. Students sort and classify solid objects in a variety of ways to discover that many objects can have the same properties. They identify and use the best materials for building tall structures. Attendees will receive materials from this FOSS Texas Edition lesson. Grade 1.


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
417

1:30pm CST

STEMscopes: A Sneak Peek of Our Enhanced Science Curriculum
Join us for a preview of Rice University's STEMscopes 2.0, a 100% TEKS-aligned online curriculum with an easy to use interface, and 20+ new features for classroom instruction. Samples of the new print items including the TEKS Activity Book STEMscopedia, our Literacy Book, and the EXPLORE Journal Guide will be available to look at, along with the analytics and student management system. From an integrated app creator to engaging multimedia, you and your students will find STEMscopes 2.0 to be your primary choice for science instruction.


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
408

1:30pm CST

Biology - Photosynthesis & Respiration Shuffle
Students have major misconceptions about photosynthesis and cellular respiration, but this content is essential for understanding how matter and energy flows, both at the micro (cellular) and macro (ecosystem) levels. Using a computer simulation, a hands-on activity, and notebooking and discussion strategies, expose student thinking.

Speakers
ZS

Zach Smith

LAB-AIDS offers full year curriculum for middle school science, biology and chemistry. We also specialize in easy to teach, hands-on supplemental labs that come complete with materials, student sheets and lesson plans.

Sponsors

Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
413

1:30pm CST

How Did This Get Here?
Students use stream-table models to observe that water moves earth materials from one location to another, adding another piece to the story about how soils form. They review the processes they saw in the stream table and sort a set of landforms cards into two categories: formed by erosion or formed by deposition. Students are introduced to processes that cause rapid changes to Earth’s surface: landslides, earthquakes, floods, and volcanoes and answer the following questions:
How do weathered rock pieces move from one place to another and become part of soil?
How do erosion and deposition create landforms?
What events can change Earth’s surface quickly?
3.1A, 3.2A, 3.2B, 3.2C, 3.2D, 3.2F, 3.3C, 3.4A, 3.4B, 3.6C, 3.7A, 3.7B, 3.7C

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
211

1:30pm CST

Integrated STEM for Intermediate Students
Join us for a hands-on engineering design challenge building stands for Silly Straws. Students will use their measurement skills along with their writing skills to design a stand for silly straws and then create an assembly kit, including instructions, for use by their classmates. Join us to design a display stand for silly straws, meeting given criteria and constraints and then work on the challenge of creating an assembly kit, including instructions, for your stand. Students practice communication skills, measurement, and problem solving strategies as they work on this engineering design challenge.

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SM

Sara Moore

Director of Mathematics & Science, ETA hand2mind

Sponsors

Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
409

1:30pm CST

Reflection and Application of the Science TEKS - Learning to Write to Argue with Claims and Evidence K-8
Reflect on the makeup of the Science TEKS 5-10. Apply this knowledge and understanding to effectively integrate Reading Informational Text, and Writing to Argue through Science Notebooking.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
402

1:30pm CST

McGraw Hill Advanced Placement: Technology for Today and Tomorrow
Explore exciting new ways to administer, teach and excite AP science students. Diagnostic and adaptive technologies pinpoint student weakness and personalize learning. The goal is a 5, and technology in our AP classrooms can help us acheive this goal. Participants will resources and information to help bring their AP classrooms into 21st century.


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
405

1:30pm CST

Misconception Mania
In this entertaining and high-energy session, it's okay not to know the answer! That's because this session which is presented like a quiz-show, is designed to address knowledge gaps in a fun, non-intimidating, and hands-on way. Based upon an assortment of misconceptions held not only by grades 6-8 students, but by middle teachers as well, you'll learn the real science that underlies an assortment of TEKS...and have a great time while doing it!


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
406

1:30pm CST

Aerology and Remote Sensing on Mars
How can we figure out what is on Mars without setting foot on the Red Planet? Samples from Curiosity and satellite images can provide amazing information to increase our knowledge. In this workshop we will simulate geologic core sampling and remote sensing to give an accurate view of this neighboring planet by conducting two different NASA-created labs.

Speakers
avatar for Don Becker

Don Becker

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Galveston College
Don Becker is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Galveston College.  He earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and is working on his Masters in Instructional Technology specializing in Game Theory and Design from the University of Houston-Clear Lake... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
404

1:30pm CST

Crazy TRAITS:Genetics and Adaptations
Participants will experience a unique model for how genetic traits are passed on to offspring. Concepts such as traits, alleles, phenotypes, genotypes and heredity will come alive as you create crazy creatures. Participants will also play the game of Adaptations. Free resources and door prizes.


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
204

2:45pm CST

Sink students into Learning with Wood and Water
Young learners observe how wood and water interact, and then find ways to sink wood samples. They use relative-position words to describe the location of wood in water as they discover that some woods sink easier than others. Students make a bar graph of their results from the investigation. Attendees will receive materials from this FOSS Texas Edition lesson. Kindergarten.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
417

2:45pm CST

STEMscopes: A Sneak Peek of Our Enhanced K-5 Science Curriculum
Join us for a K-5 preview of Rice University's STEMscopes 2.0, a 100% TEKS-aligned online curriculum with an easy to use interface, and 20+ new features for classroom instruction. Samples of the new print items including the TEKS Activity Book STEMscopedia, our Literacy Book, and the EXPLORE Journal Guide will be available to look at, along with the analytics and student management system. From an integrated app creator to engaging multimedia, you and your students will find STEMscopes 2.0 to be your primary choice for science instruction.


Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
408

2:45pm CST

Chemical Batteries - Electrify your Middle School Classroom!
Although we live a battery-powered lifestyle, most of us (middle school and high school students included) have no idea how batteries actually work. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be engaged in an activity from Issues and Physical Science from LAB-AIDS. Make a wet cell battery, explore the effect of using different metal electrodes on battery output, and consider ways to reduce the number of discarded batteries in the waste stream.

Speakers
ZS

Zach Smith

LAB-AIDS offers full year curriculum for middle school science, biology and chemistry. We also specialize in easy to teach, hands-on supplemental labs that come complete with materials, student sheets and lesson plans.

Sponsors

Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
413

2:45pm CST

Electricity Goes Round and Round
Electricity Goes Round and Round
Students explore series and parallel circuits and compare the functioning of the components in each circuit. They formulate and justify their predictions, based on their observations of electricity transferring energy to produce light and motion. D-cells and solar cells are used as energy sources. Students also learn about alternative energy sources while answering the following questions:
How can you get two bulbs to light at the same time?
How can you light two bulbs brightly with one D-cell?
Which design is better for manufacturing long strings of lights—series or parallel?
How can you make a motor run faster using solar cells?
4.1A, 4.1B, 4.2A, 4.2B, 4.2C, 4.2D, 4.2E, 4.2F, 4.3A, 4.3B, 4.3C, 4.3D 4.4A, 4.4B, 4.6C, 4.7C

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
211

2:45pm CST

Equip Your Tablet for Science with SPARKvue HD – A Full-Featured Science Application for Tablets!
iPad/tablet technology is providing educators with even more options to provide their students with 21st-century inquiry-based hands-on learning! Come explore "SPARKvue HD", PASCO’s latest application for the iPad and Android tablets. "SPARKvue HD" offers a full suite of display and analytical tools, all within an integrated learning environment—including reflection prompts, journaling and more. Come see how easy it is to collect real-time data with your tablet and a sensor!

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avatar for Scott Fields

Scott Fields

South Central US Consultant, PASCO scientific
I am beyond excited to be back as PASCO's "local" DFW rep! We have the wireless sensors and data-collection solutions to make your labs hands-on, efficient, and engaging! With our latest "Essential Physics" & "Essential Chemistry" textbook offerings and lab manuals, PASCO is poised... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
423

2:45pm CST

Interactive TEKS Science and Math Lessons
Boardworks Education provides teachers supplemental, interactive TEKS-based lessons designed especially for any interactive whiteboard or projection system. The PowerPoint based lessons are easy to implement and edit. Whether used in whole group, small group, flipped classrooms, or as review for tests, Boardworks will help math and science teachers save time creating lessons while engaging students in new ways.

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avatar for Boardworks

Boardworks

At Boardworks, we have created thousands of fully searchable TEKS-based lessons for the core classes created especially for interactive white boards (can also be used with projectors). Through simple to use and fully editable PowerPoint presentations, teachers have ready to use lessons... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
619

2:45pm CST

Applying Newton's Laws
This one hour workshop will focus on strategies to improve the understanding of Newton's second law, inertia and collecting data to cement the relationship between force, mass and acceleration. Equipment raffle and free resources provided.


Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
204